Best Summer Activities

Summertime is the perfect time for exciting family events and activities. Durango is the perfect place to experience them. Durango offers some exceptional events that you and your family can enjoy all summer long. Durango is a great place to travel back in time for some Wild West festivities or just to experience the beauty of this incredible Colorado mountain town.

Popular events include Old West Gunfights, True West Rodeos, a variety of festivals and of course the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.  The excitement begins now! Take a trip back in time to see what an Old West gunfight would have been like. The Diamond Belle Saloon presents regular theatrical gunfights reminiscent of gunfights in the 1800’s. You can even watch a live reenactment of the historic shootout at the O.K. Corral in 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona. For the extra adventurous, guests will even have the opportunity for their own role in the fight.

After the fight, be sure to attend one of the True West Rodeos at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. A pro rodeo to rival any other rodeo you’ve been to! Giddy up and be sure to add this event to your itinerary.

Festivals like The Rocky Mountain Ukefest, Music in the Mountains and the Art on the Animas Arts and Crafts Show will excite your senses and inspire your spirit. Enjoy live music and amazing pieces of unique arts and crafts displayed by many local artists at these events. With so many wonderful festivals this summer, it is difficult to choose just one. Get the complete list here.

When you come to Durango, you have to check out the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This railroad has some many different excursions. The train has been in operation since 1882 and during the months of May and October, visitors can ride these historical rails and relive the sights and sounds of the late 1800’s. The railroad isn’t just about history though. There are several events that take place throughout the year that appeal to many different audiences. Events like the Dinosaur Train and the Durango Wine & Rails are two fun rides that help make your experience on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad even more special.

Get your free travel planner here to help with your vacation planning. You won’t want to miss a thing! And don’t forget to top the experience with a luxurious stay at the beautiful Blue Lake Ranch Country Inn.